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What I Learned at NoSQL Now 2013

What I Learned at NoSQL Now 2013

This was the second time I’ve attended the NoSQL conference. I attended one of the tutorials and two keynotes and interviewed one company this year. My interest in the NoSQL marketplace is to follow and monitor Big Data produced by instrumented sensors in the smart grid, and to produce useful information for its operations. Tutorial […]

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There is a needle in the haystack, Ground Control.

There is a needle in the haystack, Ground Control.

All of us are engaged daily in the process of looking for information on the Internet, or “searching”. Sometimes, we search for clarification, facts, confirmation, projects, solutions, while other times our searches help us broaden our views, come to terms with a concept, make a plan, find a definition, or cross check a fact. Watch yourself […]

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GigaSpaces Accelerates NoSQL Databases

GigaSpaces Accelerates NoSQL Databases

I video-interviewed GigaSpaces’ Nati Shalom, its founder and chief technology officer, in March regarding their Cloudify product. Nati Shalom Cloudify is a tool to smoothly launch applications in a cloud environment with a recipe that describes everything necessary, including resources and their configurations. GigaSpaces’ new product (at least, I thought it was new) is eXtreme […]

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How NoSQL Relates to the Energy Business

How NoSQL Relates to the Energy Business

Recently, I watched the Soft Grid conference, put out by GreentechMedia via Ustream, and was pleasantly surprised that many smart grid and utilities people talked about Big Data and cloud computing. Then I went to the 2012 NoSQL Now conference, where I interviewed five companies and sat in on several of the sessions there. I […]

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Best Business-to-Business Facts About Social Media Use

Best Business-to-Business Facts About Social Media Use

In Stowe Boyd’s interesting post on social media boundaries titled, “In Texas, You’re On Your Own” he lists a few truisms that resonate with a once-upon-a-time Texan who misses many parts of the state’s unique brand of togetherness: First, for employers: You shouldn’t fire employees who are expressing lawful opinions that you do not agree […]

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Are social media and networking a waste of time?

Are social media and networking a waste of time?

Are social media and networking including twitter, blogs, google+ and linkedin among other venues and mediums a waste of time or only for those who have nothing else to do? As with most things, the answer is it probably depends. However IMHO the answer is NO, social media and networking when incorporated as a part […]

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Google+: A “social” assault on Facebook & Twitter

It’s no secret that Google wants to be social. It attempted at doing so numerous times already. First came orkut which failed to catch on here in the US, then came Google Buzz which didn’t seem to catch on anywhere. Then came the short-lived Google Wave, which was the biggest disaster of them all. But […]

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Drama In Middle East Drives Global Internet Expansion

Drama In Middle East Drives Global Internet Expansion

Access to information drives human destiny.  However, democracy, not so much. As we witnessed in North African nations like Tunisia and Egypt, and now, to a certain extent, Libya, the ability to speak truth to power and to get information from the source, sans top-down censorship, may be enhanced by the tools of the Internet, […]

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While I Was Waking Up

While I Was Waking Up

This post is dedicated in memory of Gil Scott-Heron. Connectivity, seamless integration, multiple digital devices all connected to my habits and likes. The seamless options to integrate my blogs with my social media accounts…all provide wonderful opportunities. They simplify many tasks and interactions I deal with on a day to day basis. At times these […]

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2011 Q1 Internet World Statistics

From our friends at www.internetworldstats.com Facebook Users for 2011Q1 Facebook has continued to grow during the first quarter of 2011, showing an increase of approximately 79 Million Users, going from 585 to over 664 million subscribers worldwide. Facebook subscriber data, country by country, is available at Facebook Stats. Please take note that the penetration rates […]

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